Oh, and the new 2013 Albana Secco "Vigna Rocca", just about the best mouthful of wine from this container. And lastly, the "Casa Lola" Albana Passito, from air dried Albana grapes made in a late harvest style. I actually haven't tried this wine as of yet so I hope that it is good.
|Cirelli Trebbiano and Montepulciano are back in stock!|
|Cirelli Cerasuolo and Montepulciano 2013.|
Praesidium is a small winery in the mountains of the Abruzzo that produce only a tiny quantity of wine every year from five heactares of Montepulciano. Current vintage is 2009. They wines are aged for five years before release and can carry the designation of Riserva. Two of those years are in tank, then the last three are in large Slavonian botte with a small proportion going into smaller, older French barrels. The Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo is truly a wine of power and even though it is a rose`, it will remind you more of a light red like Beaujolais. Serve chilled.
I also bought a selection of the older wines from Praesidium. The 2006 was a cool and long classic year and this wine is still showing primary fruit flavors and the tannins are just starting to integrate.
And a blast from the past century, this is the 1998. A wine that is ready to drink now.
Nicola Ferrari is justly making a huge name for himself with his wines from Monte Santoccio. I can't keep the Amarone in stock. Here is the new 2010. It is so over the top but at the same time, the acidity is bracing. A true master of the Valpolicella region.
Four years in a row the Favaro Erbaluce has received three glasses from the Gambero Rosso. The highest rating you can get. Out of the thousands and thousands of wines tasted and rated every year, only a few attain the rating of three glasses. The new 2013 is different in style than the previous few years because the weather was much cooler so the style of this wine is a little fresher than usual with lots of acidity. It is going to be an Erbaluce that will age for a long time . . . if needed. Most of it will be drunk soon enough!